WW2 WE Australian Commando Knife made by Whittingslowe Engineering, original leather scabbard included. Scarce type in rare UNUSED condition; don’t miss your chance to add this sleeping beauty to your collection!
Rare WW2 era fighting knife in excellent condition manufactured for the Australian military by Whittingslowe Engineering (WE logo on ricasso) in Cheltenham, South Australia. See the scan of the original circa 1944 Whittingslowe Engineering ad attached (the scan is for reference only; the ad print is not included with the lot). A so-called Australian Commando Knife – this type is pretty hard to find nowadays and practically impossible to find in the “as-issued” minty condition. I was lucky enough to purchase this scarce Australian fighter directly from the family the original WW2 veteran who was stationed in Australia during the war. The knife has never been used; it was stored wrapped and out of sheath all this years. The knife still has a few spots of the original factory oil on the blade – this type is VERY rare this nice. This exact type is illustrated on pages 55-56 of the KNIVES OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY WORLD WAR II book by Michael W Silvey – a well-established expert an author of many books on the subject of US military edged weapons (see the book’s page scan attached).
This Australian Commando is in excellent overall condition – no edge nicks or hammer marks on the spine; saber-point high carbon steel blade has not been re-sharpened; the tip is intact. Whittingslowe Engineering manufacturing stamp WE is sharply struck at ricasso; Australian military “broad arrow” acceptance stamp over letter I is struck on the guard’s underside. Original wood handle grips with 3 iron pins and the extra-wide iron guard; all parts are tight with no play. This fighting knife is about 11″ / 28 cm overall; the blade is about 6″ / 15 cm long.
Original leather scabbard with the standard-issue metal wire belt hanger. These Aussie scabbards are actually more scarce than the knives as most did not fare well in the jungle environment; very few survived the war. This scabbard was stored just right; it is in excellent overall condition. All original rivers, stitching, and the keeper are intact; the leather is soft and supple still. Almost 80 years after it was made this rare WW2 WE Australian Commando Knife is is in 100% serviceable condition and ready for action still. This type is hard to find in any condition these days – don’t miss your chance to add it to your collection!
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